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Support the Library on #GivingTuesday

lr_library-4We are so lucky at the Morse Institute Library to receive generous support from the Town of Natick, but we rely on community donors to fund 40% of all new books and DVDs, programming for kids, teens, and adults, and so much more. Many people make year-end gifts as part of #GivingTuesday, November 29. If you would like to contribute to the library, please think of us this #GivingTuesday. Simply visit morseinstitute.org/donate to quickly and securely show your support for the library with a monthly donation.

And if you’re looking for other ways to give back, try shopping at smile.amazon.com this holiday season and selecting the Morse Institute in Natick as your organization to support. Amazon will donate to the library every time you shop, and you’ll still get all of your regular Amazon products and discounts.


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December is for Giving

Giving TreeThe gift-giving spirit of the holiday season goes beyond friends and truly extends to neighbors here at the Morse Institute Library. Our annual Giving Tree will be up at the library through December and we invite the public to stop by and decorate the tree with hats, scarves, mittens, and socks. We’ll be donating all of the donated items to A Place to Turn, a Natick organization providing emergency food and clothing for those in need.

The Giving Tree has been a holiday tradition for many years at the library, and we are so happy to be part of the giving spirit that makes Natick such a great community. Bring new items in to hang on the tree starting on Monday, November 28.


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What We’re Reading: November 2016

We’ve got tales of murder, mystery, kidnapping, and fantasy cliches to look forward to this weekend. What are you planning to read during your extra hour on Sunday? Let us know on Facebook!

The Mistletoe Murder by P. D. JamesThe Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P. D. James

“I just finished reading The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P. D. James. A thin book of 4 short stories that keep you enthralled and reading until you’re finished. I couldn’t put this book down.” – Pam, Reference Department

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne JonesThe Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynn Jones

“I’m reading The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones. I picked it up because Diana Wynne Jones is one of the more prolific and well-known writers in fantasy, and I like that it points out all the clichés used in the genre in her typical comedic fashion.” – Abigail, Reference Department

American Heiress by Jeffrey ToobinAmerican Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin

“I’m reading Jeffrey Toobin’s book about Patty Hearst, American Heiress. Up to now, my favorite book about Patty Hearst has been the novel, American Woman by Susan Choi, but I’m psyched for this one!” – Anna, Community Relations

Small Great Things by Jodi PicoultSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult

“I am reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I picked this book because it is Jodi Picoult’s newest books and I read everything she writes. This is a fascinating book; it is a modern day novel that deals with race issues, a labor and delivery nurse who graduated from Yale finds herself on trial for murder because her skin color is black and a white supremacist couple did not want her near their baby and she was the only nurse in the room when he went into distress. ” – Jen, Circulation Department

The Trespasser by Tana FrenchThe Trespasser by Tana French

“This is the sixth book in the Murder Squad books. Dark, incredibly well-written, intricate plot and characters. As all the previous ones, a must read. I didn’t really just pick it. I wait for the next one to come out and grab it up. If you haven’t read her go back to the beginning and read In the Woods.” – Carole, Circulation Department


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Art in the Library: November 2016

Marian Heard's art is now on exhibit at the Morse Institute

In November and December, Natick resident and local artist Marian Heard will be displaying her work at the library. After a distinguished career with the United Way, Marian turned to writing and art. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Boston and Mystic CT. Marian will be at the library several times this month starting Saturday, November 12 to answer questions about her artwork.

We love to be a showcase for local artists in the MetroWest area! If you’re interested in showing your work at the library, contact Anna Litten at 508-647-6524 or .


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History Through Music

Beth Canterbury, soprano, and Matthew Larson, piano.

When you think primary source material, you probably think old newspaper clippings. But what about music? In 2014, library staff first worked with Beth Canterbury of Walnut Hill School of the Arts to create a program about life in American during the Civil War by looking at the music of the time. Along with pianist Matthew Larson, Beth created a program that combined story, song, and history. The concerts that grew from this collaboration give listeners a new look at American history.

Canterbury and Larson return on Sunday, November 13 with Stormy Weather: Music and Politics in the 20s and 30s. They will use songs and stories to give a glimpse into politics and life between the World Wars. From the German cabaret movement to Tin Pan Alley, we will see how our country moved from WWI, through the Great Depression, and to the start of the Second World War.

Beth Canterbury, soprano, holds a MM in Opera from the Longy School of Music and teaches at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She has been described by the Boston Globe as singing with charm, warmth, and easy high notes. Matthew Larson, piano, holds a PhD in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University and teaches at B.U’s Opera Institute; Minister of Music, First Congregational Church, Milton, MA


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Get Ready to Write Your Novel!

November is National Novel Writing Month at the Morse Institute

November is National Novel Writing Month. Join writers around the world as we strive for 50,000 words in 30 days! This year the Morse Institute Library is excited to participate in the project – bring your laptop or notebook to one of our write-ins happening November 3, 12, and 17. We’ll have cookies and coffee available for writing fuel, and you can collaborate and commiserate with your fellow writers as you get a few hundred words closer to your goal.

Can’t make it to a write-in? Stop by the Reference Desk for books and worksheets to help you get past your writer’s block. And make sure you are following the Morse Institute Library on Facebook and Twitter for tips, tricks, and inspiration all month long!


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What We’re Reading October 2016

Quite a few of us are reading Colson Whitehead novels, but we’ve also got a memoir from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, notorious scoundrels, and teens taking on a corrupt system. What do you plan to read on this rainy weekend? Let us know on Facebook!

The Residence by Kate Andersen BrowerThe Residence by Kate Andersen Brower

“I’m currently reading (well, listening to, really!) The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower. I chose this because I enjoy memoirs, and when I saw it I thought it would be a fun and interesting read during the election season, without being burdened down with heavy politics! I like that it was compiled via interviews with so many staff, spanning so many different presidencies. One thing I learned is that the residence service staff does not change with the change of President!” – Jesse, Children’s Department

Confessions of a Royal Bridgegroom by Vanessa KellyConfessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly

“I’m currently reading Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly. After reading another title by Ms. Kelly, I wanted to see if the humor she infused in her tales carried through. So far, her writing style is similar and I’m having a great time reading about her characters.” – Susan, Children’s Department

Uncaged by John Sandford and Michele CookUncaged by John Sandford and Michele Cook

“I’m reading Uncaged the first book in the Singular Menace series by John Sandford and Michele Cook. I picked this book after reading about it on Unshelved.com, the librarian comic strip. Every Friday, they have book club with recommended readings and reviews. I’m really enjoying the fast paced action. Can’t wait to read the second in the series next.” – Pam, Reference Department

Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

“I’m reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It’s the story of a third-generation slave, Cora, who escapes along with another slave. The mind-numbing violence of slavery and racism is juxtapositioned with the kindness of strangers, yet it is the absolute horror of recounting a time in our history and its ongoing consequences that make this such a difficult read.” – Dawn, Reference Department

“I’m currently reading, in between my knitting, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. I picked up the book because the morning book group is currently reading African American authors and because I enjoyed his novel Sag Harbor. Unlike the humorous satirical coming of age story that is Sag Harbor, The Underground Railroad is a somber reminder of American slavery. Well written with elements of fantasy, this book is not to be enjoyed but appreciated.” – Karen, Circulation Department

Zone One by Colson WhiteheadZone One by Colson Whitehead

“I’m about halfway through Zone One by Colson Whitehead. I picked this book up after hearing about it on the podcast Literary Disco, and even though I don’t generally go in for zombie culture I was hooked by the Julia Pistell’s reading of the first page and wanted more. This novel is vividly realistic and has brought me to tears with harrowing accounts of characters’ coping with unimaginable terror all while trying to believe in reconstruction efforts that aim to rebuild civilization in a post-apocalyptic society.” – Dave, Reference Department


Focusing on Community Health Issues

RX: The Quiet Revolution. Part of the Morse Institute and MetroWest Health Foundation Community Health Film Series

We are so excited to announce a great new series at the library. We’ve partnered with the MetroWest Health Foundation to launch the Community Health Film Series. Over the next few months, we’ll be hosting screenings of five health-related documentaries, followed by panel discussions lead by local health care experts.

This series will be a great opportunity for community members to learn about and discuss issues important to the community, from access to health care to the opioid crisis. The first film will be RX: The Quiet Revolution on Monday, October 17 at 6:00pm. In this film, David Grubin travels America to focus on the health professionals that are transforming care by lowering costs and placing the patient at the center of their practice. The full schedule for the series is available at morseinstitute.org/MWHFilm. Screenings are open to all and a light dinner will be served.


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The Minuteman Mobile App Puts the Library in Your Pocket!

Introducing the Minuteman Library Network Mobile app!Introducing the new Minuteman Library Network mobile app! Users on the go can search the catalog and place requests, keep tabs on their library account, renew or freeze their items, and manage holds through the app. The app provides access to thousands of eBooks, streaming movies, digital magazines, and premium subscription resources for lifelong learning. The app is customized for each library in the Minuteman Network so you can also check Morse Institute Library find hours, directions, events, andcontact information within the app.

A few features in the app have been receiving raves from users. Requesting museum passes directly from a mobile device simplifies the process for many users. Scan ISBN lets bookstore browsers search the catalog easily and request items from the library in one-click. Stop by the reference desk for a quick walk-through of the features of this great new app! The app is now available for download in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Just search for Minuteman Library Network and get your library in the palm of your hand!.


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Artists & Exhibits: September 2016

NAOS Art Show September 2016 Morse InstituteNatick Artists Open Studios

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Natick Artists Open Studios (NAOS) presents its annual themed group exhibit from September 1st through October 29th in anticipation of NAOS weekend October 15-16. This year the theme for the exhibit is: HOUSE. Over forty-five NAOS artists are participating and showing more than sixty 2D and 3D pieces of art representing their unique interpretations of HOUSE.


Artists and Exhibits Sept 2016 Morse Institute LibraryStudents of Mrs. Gorman

Right Gallery, first floor

Works from Mrs. Gorman’s Dining Room Art Class. Students in grades 2-8 work in a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencils. Students focus on color mixing, value changes, and composition.


Merrilee Torres on display at the Morse Institute LibraryMerrilee Torres: Acrylics

Left Gallery, first floor

Natick resident, Merrilee Torres, has studied regularly at the Danforth Museum School of Art since her retirement. Her favorite medium is acrylics. She also makes jewelry.


Rich Philben photography on exhibit at the Morse Institute Library

Rich Philben: Photographs

Virtual Gallery, first floor

A 1976 graduate of Natick High, Rich Philben has been fascinated with photography since he took his first photograph with his grandfather’s Polaroid more than a half a century ago. The focus of Philben’s work has always been on capturing the natural world around us in the form of the plants, animals and land and seascapes. Philben’s love of nature was inspired by his mother, Eleanor, who passed away recently just shy of her 92nd birthday. This exhibit is dedicated in her honor.


Vines by the Sound & Spirit Choir. Now on display at the Morse Institute LibrarySound & Spirit Choir: Vines, Upcycled Materials

Atrium Stairwell

The Sound & Spirit Choir of Natick created the installation “Vines” using upcycled materials to represent their collective inter-generational commitment to preserving our beautiful planet.


14. Island Retreat of Horace Holyoke with Stowe faceNatick Historical Society Traveling Kiosk: Explore, Discover, Invesitagte, Imagine

First floor

This traveling exhibit is a window into the latest developments at the Natick Historical Society.

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